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Articles and wisdom from our #First50, male Champions and other friends of Lead5050.  Put the kettle on, grab yourself a biscuit, and enjoy………

#IWD: Perspective on Confidence - Michelle Westfort

The understanding that you can do anything--to be who you want to be and appreciate your own qualities--can be a particular challenge for some - especially women. Are people just born with confidence or is it learned? Can we gain confidence? Lose it?

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How as Women We Self-Sabotage Without Realising It - Cath Daley

As women there are lots of things around in the workplace that hinder us on our way to the top but one that isn’t often talked about is how we actually hinder ourselves.

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Insight Lingua celebrates 25 Years! - Anastassia Romanenko

This year, Insight Lingua Russia celebrates 25 years in business - a fantastic achievement and one they are quite rightly, very proud of. Started by Elena Solomonova who you’ll also have seen is one of our #First50, and now co-run with daughter Anastassia Romanenko - here is their story as told by Anastassia.

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If we can educate her, she can rise up - Michelle Westfort

Growing up in a family and culture where women are strong willed and respected for this, it was not until my professional life that I saw things were not like that everywhere. Honestly, when I began my career, it was surprising to me that women did not see themselves as equal in the workplace. Over the years, I have grown to understand different cultures and situations but remain conscious of the gift I have gotten by having been raised in a very positive situation.

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Is How We Communicate Holding Women Back in Business? - Cath Daley

Much research suggests that a relatively small proportion of the meaning of any communication is conveyed through the words that we say. But just how critical is the choice of words to use? and is it different for men and women?

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Action and Equality - James Herbertson

I recently saw the film Hidden Figures. If you haven’t seen it, the story follows the lives of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, three African-American women working in the computing department at NASA in the Sixties. What makes the movie so special was not that they helped the USA crack the scientific conundrum on how to get John Glenn in to orbit and bring him back to earth alive, but they had to fight against the prejudices of working in a man’s world and being black in an era of segregation.

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From Miami with love - Michelle Brillouet

I was born in Miami in the early 80s. My father, who was from Belgium, ended up in Haiti and was deeply touched by the poverty. He wanted to open up an orphanage and this is where he met my mum...

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Words Are Important… - Stephen Shortt

Stephen has been opening the discussion on the things we say to and around our children and why the words we choose to use are so important.

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Female Mentors Matter - Pamela Bates

One of the first pieces of advice I received from my university career advisor was to actively seek out mentors and build a toolkit of support to help propel me through college, into the workforce and beyond. No matter what stage of life I’ve been in, I’ve actively sought out mentors inside and outside of my sector of international higher education.

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5 Secrets About Tech for Women - Kirsten E Hawkins

It is easy to dismiss “tech” as for young men who like to design computer games in their bedrooms, but this is to diminish, not only female talent in this area, but the vast range of opportunities to get involved...

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Whose social media are you on? - Jay Colios-Terry

Imagine for a second that the people you disagree fundamentally with, people whom you’ve probably removed from your online social sphere, have also been doing the same thing with those that disagree with their (unpalatable) world view. With that in mind It's not hard to see why it's so hard to make progress on a whole range of issues. People just don't talk anymore.

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This Man Walks Into A Bar… - Thom Jones

This man walks into a bar... and the barman says ‘why the long face’ and the man goes ‘because it’s 2017 and yet even an industry as, supposedly, open and enlightened as international education we are still surrounded by the same entrenched mental infrastructure that shackled the minds of our ancestors in terms of gender equality’. The barman moves to serve another customer…..

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A Woman Walks Into A Bar… - Nicola Lutz

A Woman Walks Into A Bar… She’s there to network, meet clients and make contacts. All being well, she’ll enjoy it and get some good business contacts, but what does she do if she comes across a client, or potential client, that she wants to do business with, but who makes inappropriate comments about her or other women, or even makes a pass?

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Why I value mentoring so much - Hannah Alexander-Wright

Mentoring is different to coaching, but often the terms are used inter-changeably. The way I have been taught is that mentoring is more about giving advice, based on experience. If I am coached, I expect to come up with the options and answers myself.

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How I took a different path - Lynne Farrugia

Women are brought up thinking that they would never have the time to take care of the family if their job required them to be so responsible. I still remember stopping my business partner and sister, Bernice, and asking her to explain why there were so many men at these events. After her explanation, the penny dropped and I realised that even in such a diverse and fantastic industry, female leaders were still lacking.

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Why we need female role models - Leanne Linacre

The vast majority of the stuff aimed at girls is either pink and glittery, often both, and panders to tired old stereotypes that girls are only interested in kittens and ponies or make-up and dressing up...

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Why are there so few women speakers in the industry? - Ella Tyler

Looking around me at workshops and various industry shindigs, it would seem that women outnumber men 2-1. So why are we not leaning in and speaking up? It can't be because we have nothing to say...

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